A Closer Look at the New Deal for Chiefs Defensive Tackle Chris Jones

A Closer Look at the New Deal for Chiefs Defensive Tackle Chris Jones

Four weeks after winning his third Super Bowl, Chiefs defensive tackle Jones has secured his third contract. This time, it’s a significant one that makes him the highest-paid defensive tackle in the league. The new deal is for five years and is worth $158.75 million, with an average annual salary of $31.75 million. This surpasses the previous record set by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald in 2022, whose contract was for three years and $95 million.

The details of Jones’s new contract are as follows:
1. Signing bonus: $30 million, with $18 million due by April 5, 2024, and $12 million due by April 5, 2025.
2. 2024 base salary: $1.25 million, fully guaranteed.
3. 2024 offseason workout bonus: $100,000.
4. 2025 roster bonus: $15 million, fully guaranteed at signing.
5. 2025 base salary: $13.75 million, fully guaranteed.
6. 2025 offseason workout bonus: $100,000.
7. 2026 roster bonus: $16 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2025 league year.
8. 2026 base salary: $19 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2025 league year.
9. 2026 offseason workout bonus: $100,000.
10. 2027 base salary: $28.25 million, with $3 million becoming fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2027 league year.
11. 2027 offseason workout bonus: $100,000.
12. 2028 base salary: $35 million, with $3 million becoming fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2028 league year.
13. 2028 offseason workout bonus: $100,000.

While the deal is for three years with a practical guarantee of $95.3 million, surpassing Donald’s previous deal, Jones must be cut after one year to avoid the full obligation. If that were to happen, the Chiefs would owe him $60.2 million for just one year. The team also has the option for the final two years of the contract, with uncertainties about whether they will pay him $28.5 million in 2027 and $33.5 million in 2028 when he is in his early 30s.

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